Hate mail

Had this email waiting for me this morning from the front man of a local band whose recent new album I reviewed less than positively. Funny thing is, I told my editor that I was going to hear from these guys in response to a non-fawning review, and I was totally right. He attached an mp3 of Pedro the Lion’s “Selling Advertising” to really send the point home. To wit:

Subject line: thanks
“for your “support” for us to “make it”. well, at least it will ensure that a song
(of the same, or possibly more venomous, ilk as the attached) will be written about
you some day. sorry to let you down. because that’s what this review seems to be
about, anyway; about how this group of not just failing or mediocre, but “40 on a
test” songs let you down. i’m going to stand by my new ethos of Momma’s golden rule
(if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all) and hope that no
one takes a shit in YOUR career path. because i know that it’s hard work for both
of us to “make it”. or at least, just pay the bills. you’re a great writer;
well-worded. but i stand behind this album that I think is much more than (even)
just a 3 out of 5 (mediocre). hope that you and your family have a good weekend. i
and mine will try.”

Leave a comment


  1. ben

     /  April 21, 2008

    “career path”…tsk, tsk…not very rock n roll.

  2. I’m sorry, I’m still stuck on the image of a steaming pile of poo on a winding wooded road. Maybe that should be their next album cover.


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